Manchester United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has vowed that “giving up is not an option” as he looks to work his way back from injury.
The Swede suffered cruciate knee ligament damage during a Europa League victory over Anderlecht, as did with club colleague Marcos Rojo.
Both men are now facing a long road to recovery, with surgery required to put them on the right path.
It has been suggested that the ailment could end not only Ibrahimovic’s season but also his time at Old Trafford, with no extension agreed to the 12-month deal he penned in the summer of 2016.
The 35-year-old has, however, taken to Instagram to point out that he is far from finished, stating: “It’s no news I got injured so I will be out of football for a while.
“I will go through this like everything else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem.
“One thing is for sure, I decide when it’s time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon.”
First of all, thank you for all the support and love. Its no news I got injured so I will be out of fotball for a while. I will go through this like everythings else and come back even stronger. So far I played with one leg so it shouldn't be any problem. One thing is for sure, I decide when its time to stop and nothing else. Giving up is not an option. See you soon
Ibrahimovic had been a talismanic presence for United prior to picking up an untimely knock.
His 28-goal return had helped to keep the club in contention for a top-four finish in the Premier League, while winning efforts in the Community Shield and EFL Cup final had landed major honours.
No decision has been taken on his future as yet, with talk of an extension with the Red Devils having been replaced by speculation regarding a possible stint in Major League Soccer.